The Lions Club and SVMC Host Info Cafe for National Diabetes Awareness Month

October 30, 2017

BENNINGTON, VT—October 30, 2017—Good control of diabetes significantly reduces the risk of developing serious complications—like nerve damage, heart disease, and blindness—and prevents complications from getting worse. But many people who have diabetes don’t even know it.

That is why Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and The Lions Club have come together to host an “Info Café” all about diabetes. The event is scheduled 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017 at SVMC, 100 Hospital Dr. in Bennington. It is open to all, both those who have diabetes and those who want to learn more.

“Getting the health information you need can be fun. That’s the idea behind this event,” said Paula Haytko, a certified diabetes educator at SVMC. “We want to inspire people to live healthier lives and prevent diabetes and its complications.”

In addition to screenings, several speakers will share information related to their specialty, including Dr. Niemi of Advanced Eye Care, SVMC Diabetes Educator Paula Haytko, and Health Coach Andrea Malinowski. Registered Dietitian Kristopher Tuna will teach attendees how to make the healthiest choices at a buffet, and a cooking demonstration by SVMC’s Executive Chef Laura LaCroix will teach attendees how to make Thanksgiving dinner healthier. Local organizations Meals on Wheels, Norshaft Lions, Ladies First and others will also share information.

“The Lions Club’s primary focus is preventing blindness, and diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among working-age adults,” said Carrie Houlihan, the Norshaft Lions president. “We are grateful to the clinicians at SVMC and our community organizations for helping us host this preventive event.”

The event is free and open to all. Refreshments and healthy recipe tastings. A door prize will be awarded. For more information and to register, visit

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit For news and updates, visit

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